Journal Article


David Taylor
Patrick Samuelsson
David Lenihan
Elliot M. Schneiderman
Donald C. Pierson
Norman Allott
Eleanor Jennings



ecosystem chemistry climate poaceae impacts of climate change calibration change management phosphorus

Impacts of climate change on phosphorus loading from a grassland catchment: implications for future management. (2008)

Abstract Dynamic modelling was used to quantify the impact of projected climate change, and potential changes in population and land use, on phosphorus (P) export from a sub-catchment in SW Ireland using the Generalised Watershed Loading Functions (GWLF) model. Overall the results indicated that the increase in annual total phosphorus loads attributable to climate change was greater than that from either population or land use change, and therefore that future climate variability will pose an increasingly significant threat to the successful long-term implementation of catchment management initiatives. The seasonal pattern in projected P export mirrored changes in streamflow, with higher rates between January and April and lower rates in summer. The potential reduction in export in summer was, however, negated when increases in population were included in simulations. A change in the slurry spreading period from that stipulated in national regulations to the months between April and September could potentially mitigate against future increases in dissolved P export in spring. The results indicate that projected changes in climate should be included when undertaking modelling exercises in support of decision making for catchment management plans.
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David Taylor, Patrick Samuelsson, David Lenihan, Elliot M. Schneiderman, Donald C. Pierson, Norman Allott, Eleanor Jennings

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Dundalk IT
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